Karl Barth and the Future of Evangelical Theology

By Christian T. Collins Winn and John L. Drury (editors)

A collection of essays that seek to advance the dialogue between evangelical theologians and the legacy of Karl Barth.

ISBN: 9780227176658


The theology of Karl Barth has often been a productive dialogue partner for evangelical theology, but for too long the dialogue has been dominated by questions of orthodoxy. Karl Barth and the Future of Evangelical Theology contributes to the conversation through a creative reconfiguration of both partners in the conversation, neither of whom can be rightly understood as preservers of Protestant orthodoxy. Rather, American evangelicalism is identified with the revivalist forms of Protestantism that arose in the post-Reformation era, while Barth is revisited as a theologian attuned both to divine and human agency. In the ensuing conversation, questions of orthodoxy are not eliminated but subordinated to a concern for the life of God and God’s people. By offering an alternative to the dominant constraints, this book opens up new avenues for fruitful conversation on Barth and the future of evangelical theology.

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About the Author

Christian T. Collins Winn is Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology and Chair of the Biblical and Theological Studies Department at Bethel University, St Paul, Minnesota, and the author of Jesus Is Victor!: The Significance of the Blumhardts for the Theology of Karl Barth.

John L. Drury is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Indiana Wesleyan University and an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church. He is author of The Resurrected God: Karl Barth’s Trinitarian Theology of Easter.


Foreword by William J. Abraham
Introduction by Christian T. Collins Winn and John L. Drury

Part I: Reframing the Conversation
1. Karl Barth and Evangelicalism: The Varieties of a Sibling Rivalry
     Donald W. Dayton
2. Karl Barth and Pietism
     Eberhard Busch
3. Bringing an Elephant and a Whale into Conversation: Karl Barth and Pietism
     Kimlyn J. Bender

Part II: Reconceiving Christian Experience and Practice
4. Christ in Us: The Hope of Glory or the Sentimentality of a “Bohemian Private Enterprise”? Barth, Pietists, and Pentecostals
     Terry L. Cross
5. Karl Barth on Fellowship with Jesus Christ: The Calling of the Christian
     James Nelson
6. Barth and Testimony
     John L. Drury
7. Jesus’s Earthly Father as Protector and Example for the Church: How Karl Barth’s Theology Challenges the Contemporary Evangelical Masculinist Movement
     Stina Busman Jost
8. “Thy Kingdom Come!” Karl Barth and the Promise of a Prophetic Evangelical Church
     Christian T. Collins Winn and Peter Goodwin Heltzel

Part III: Renewing Christian Doctrine
9. “Speak, for Your Servant Is Listening”: Barth, Prayer, and Theological Method
     Joel D. Lawrence
10. Better News Hath No Evangelical than This: Barth, Election, and the Recovery of the Gospel from Evangelicalism’s Territorial Disputes
     Chris Boesel
11. God Says What the Text Says: Another Look at Karl Barth’s View of Scripture
     Frank D. Macchia
12. The Church as “Witness”: Karl Barth and the Missional Church
     Kyle A. Roberts
13. Jesus Christ as the One and Only Sacrament
     Kurt Anders Richardson
14. Eschatology from Basel to Azusa Street: The Voices of Karl Barth and Pentecostalism in Dialogue
     Peter Althouse



Endorsements and Reviews

Evangelical orthodoxy is regenerated in this book by a long-awaited develop ment: an orthopraxic and orthopathic interpretation of the legacy of Karl Barth. This constructive trajectory derives especially from a ferment of contemporary pietist, Wesleyan, and Pentecostal interfaces with what has been predominantly a Reformed playground.
Amos Yong, Professor of Theology & Mission, Fuller Seminary, California

In this outstanding collection of essays, the contours of a more hopeful and thoroughly theological approach to the evangelical tradition come clearly into view. This vision provides yet another demonstration of the rehabilitation of Karl Barth among evangelicals and the vibrancy of his thought for the future of evangelical theology and witness.
John R. Franke, Professor of Missional Theology, Yellowstone Theological Institute, Minnesota